December 31, 2012 Subject:
.22 years ? Where does the time go ?
What can I add that hasn't already been said of this gem? Some real smoldering embers are to be found in this one for sure. Birdsong & Eyes are two of my all-time favs from this I spin regularly. Slow sweet, but the way nature intended. 1990 was a great year, in spite of the loss. I also agree Dead + Branford was pure magic !
There are other versions here of this same date, but this one is my favorite. The best I remember it from my vantage point that special, unforgetable night. 5***** for bringing it all flooding back !
Thank you Archive, Happy 2013 ~
December 18, 2012 Subject:
Awesome cap to one of the band's greatest years. I prefer this bass-laden, percussion-thump-heavy FB sbd for the first set; the second is available on youtube for viewing, and I highly recommend doing so for the full experience!
First of all, a word on Branford Marsalis and the X-Men, who opened - if you can find this set (just gotta poke around, you know ;) you'll be *very* satisfied - it's basically an hour+ of pure jazz jam; Branford's musicans (Kevin Eubanks among them) are clearly top-drawer - Bruce even gets in on the action a bit!
Set 1 - very solid first set, with the Branford-laden Bird Song taking the honors here; I enjoy this sbd also for some of the commentary; while the radio announcers clearly were lost-in-space through a lot of their attempt to give us a 'rundown' of what's going on, it is very moving to hear JP Barlowe kind of break the 4th wall (in the studio, mind you) to talk about Brent. Ken Nordine's classic Flibberty Jip is a nice add, too - thanks for that!
Set 2 - This is one of the most exciting, experimental, free-form, jazzy sets I've *ever* heard the band do - the setlist doesn't really get you inside what happens during this Dark Star and Other One - there is over an hour twenty gone by before they resolve Wharf Rat...Jer's voice was shot for this set, as it was a lot for many fall '90 shows, but instrumentally they seem to have taken a cue from Branford's set earlier and really, *really* dial it in.
I enjoy watching the vid for moments like the close-up on Bobby just before the first Other One verse - with a conspicuous lack of Bobby tunes in the 2nd set overall you are almost reminded that he's out there, considering how much space Branford takes up - we're reminded at just how deeply integrated Weir's weird, atonal strumming is with the overall sound and how we take it for granted too often. He then finally gets a chance to sing, and, of course, blows the words (to the Other One?!?!).
This is a 2-hour jazz-explosion 2nd set, folks. Hang on for this one -
Source: SBD MTX > PCM; Sony L-750ESX-HFB Dynamicron EXCELLENT SUPER HIFI VIDEO CASSETTE-> Sony SLO-1800 STEREO VIDEOCASSETTE RECORDER-> Sony PCM-601ESD DIGITAL AUDIO PROCESSOR-> SP/DIF-> Mytek Stereo 192 Sample Rate Converter-> Upsampled to 44.1kHz/24bit-> SP/DIF-> RME FIREFACE 800-> FireWire 400-> Lenovo K450e Desktop PC-> WaveLab 6.11; Editing and Mastering by Jamie Waddell in Wavelab 7.1; Track, FLAC and Pack by Norm
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Source: Recording of FM Broadcast on KSAN > ? > DAT provided and transferred by Stuccoholmes; Mastering & Editing by Jason Chastain in Audition CC 2015; Final Mastering by Jamie Waddell in Wavelab 7.1; Track, FLAC and Pack by Norm
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Source: Healy Matrix pre-fm -> Beta; Sony L-750ESX-HFB Dynamicron EXCELLENT SUPER HIFI VIDEO CASSETTE-> Sony SLO-1800 STEREO VIDEOCASSETTE RECORDER-> Sony PCM-601ESD DIGITAL AUDIO PROCESSOR-> SP/DIF-> Mytek Stereo 192 Sample Rate Converter-> Upsampled to 44.1kHz/24bit-> SP/DIF-> RME FIREFACE 800-> FireWire 400-> Lenovo K450e Desktop PC-> WaveLab 6.11; Audition CC 2015 Mastering by Jason Chastain; tracking with Audacity-> flac level 8->tagged with Tag&Rename and checksums with TLH by Norm; 16 bit 44.1kHz a project **GEMS**
Source: Two source matrix: 70% sbd/30% aud with a few level adjustments; sbd: Cassette Master (TDK SA-X100/Tascam Deck); transferred and master by Charlie Miller; Resampled an dithered with iZotope RX 6 Advanced; and aud: B&K 4011 110 degrees ORTF > Neumann BS 48i-2> Modified Sony TCD D-10 Pro Recorded by James Young & Clay Brennecke, transferred by Todd Evans and mastered by Jamie Waddell; matrix created with Adobe Audition 1.5 SIRMick